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X-Chat for Dummies

Greetings technologically impaired veterans and young lazy slobs alike.
You! Yes, you, the guy still using the Mibbit web client! Ditch that shit and start using a real client!

The main reason why I am writing this guide is because many users are stuck using the Mibbit web client. The web client isn't really in high regard in most networks and OFTC is no exception. Basically it's an easy client to use for questionable actions and whatnot. This is why at times, when trying to log into the OFTC network it will tell you you are banned. Basically OFTC network is restricting access from the Mibbit web client, which affects legit users as well.

Now, using a browser based client may seem convenient, fast to start using etc, however this is very short sighted. Using a browser based client is like pissing your pants in the winter to feel warm for 10 seconds.
Who here hasn't accidentally closed a browser tab containing the web client?
Who here hasn't had their browser crash taking the entire chat with it?
Who here hasn't gotten a banned message while trying to log in using Mibbit?
These among other things are all issues that will be a thing in the past if you start using a proper client.
So what's your excuse? You don't know how? You're too lazy? I can't help you if its the latter but I will do what I can to make it easier and more convenient.
So let us get down to business...

Step 1

Finding a client. You are free to go search for a client you like best but it's up to you to configure it to your liking. In this how-to I will be covering the basic installing and configuring steps for installing X-Chat, they may be usefull for a person configuring another client software. I chose X-Chat because I find it easy, simple and straightforward to use and have it as my backup client so I can provide support when needed. It is also FREE and available for both Windows and Mac (and Linux) as different versions.
You can find X-Chat 2, the free client for Windows here: http://www.silverex.org/download
You can find X-Chat Azure in the AppStore, links here: http://xchataqua.github.io/
Download the corresponding version and install it normally, select the "Normal installation".

Step 2

I will now cover the steps for the Windows version, the steps taken with XChat Azure might be a bit different but generally the same.
After you have installed it, start the program, I recommend running the program as administrator when configuring it. (Right click > Run as administrator)
This is approximately what the first window will look like.

Write your preferred Nick name (and alternative nicks if you like).
You have to input something into the User name and Real name boxes as well. You don't have to put your real name there, your nick, user and real names can all be one and the same. User and real name will be available to other users if they want to get more information about you on the channel for example with the /who command.

Step 3

Next scroll down in the Networks list and find OFTC, this is the network where our channel is currently located. Select OFTC from the list and click Edit. A new window will pop open.

In this menu I recommend you tick the box next to Auto connect to this network at startup, when ticked it automatically connects to the OFTC network and your favourite channels the moment you you start the program. The servers are correct and you won't need to touch them.
Next click the "..." button next to Favourite channels and a new window will pop open.

Click Add and in the Channel column write our channel which is of course #sharpthings and then press enter. Don't write anything in the Key column.

Click on OK to close the window

It should now look like this with #sharpthings listed in Favourite channels. If everything is ok, click Close.

Step 4

Once the nick and network settings are done you can click Connect to connect to OFTC and #sharpthings.

The main window looks like this. In the left column you can find the channels and private messages with other users, in the right column you can see the users in the channel and above the chat box you can find the channel topic.

Finally to make things a bit less confusing for some people, lets tweak the settings one last bit. Open your tray (bottom right corner of your screen) and find the XChat tray icon.

And in the Settings tab untick the first option Minimize X-Chat to the system tray.

Unlike writing this guide, installing X-Chat should be quick and painless. This is basically all you need to do to get a good experience from using IRC on X-Chat. The following extra sections are for people who wish to tweak it a bit further.

Extra 1

First we will look at some extra settings settings. From the top menu bar select Settings > Preferences and in the new window go to Alerts.

Here you can tweak what type of messages alert you, only highlighted messages (when someone mentions your nick) and private messages will be highlighted by default. If you want channel messages to alert you you can set it so. You can also add other highlighted words in the same section.

Extra 2

Does the all white appearance of the client bother you during late hours or do you think it would look better black? Well then this is the section for you!

First step is to go here http://www.silverex.org/faq/ and have a look at question #7. Download the zip-file in the link provided in the answer. Close X-Chat if it is still running.
Open the zip-file, Windows should do it without problems. Copy the files pevents.conf, palette.conf and colors.conf.
Next navigate to the following location C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\X-Chat 2, if you can't see the AppData folder  please consult this guide: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/how-to-see-hidden-files-in-windows/
Once you have found your way into the right folder paste the 3 files into that folder replacing the old ones. This changes the colors of the chat box background to black and tweaks the other colors as well.

Second step is to go to your Windows start menu, select All programs and find the X-Chat 2 folder and start the Theme UtilityAt this point X-Chat shouldn't be running. Here you will find a list of possible themes you can use, by clicking the themes you can see what they look like. If you installed the blacktheme.zip I would recommend either Aurora-Midnight or Nodoka-Midnight, both are very dark themes. End result should look something like this.

I also changed the channel column from the left to the bottom. You can do this by selecting View>Channel switcher>Tabs.

Extra 3

"Help, this beeping is driving me crazy! It beeps everytime I press backspace too many times. Make it go away!"
Lucky for you there is a fix for it.
One method is to disable the system beep entirely: http://www.7tutorials.com/how-disable-system-beep-windows-7
And another one is the one described here: http://blog.joelj.org/2010/02/28/xchatpidgin-beeping-on-backspace/
Make sure X-Chat isn't running. What you have to do is open Notepad.exe and run it as administrator.
File>Open and in the new window select All files (*.*) from the dropdown menu in the bottom right corner dropdown menu.
Navigate to C:\Prograrm files\X-Chat 2\etc\gtk-2.0 and open the file gtkrc.
Then copy paste the following line at the end of the file.

gtk-error-bell = 0

Once it has been added File>Save and it should be saved and there should be no more beeping

 

If you have any questions don't hesitate to contact me on the channel or via PM.

People of #ST map!

Upon request I made a map in Google Maps where we can all add ourselves. :)
To add yourself you will need some sort of Google account and be logged in to add yourself.

Instructions:
1. Click the link to open up the map.
2. Click the Edit button next to the map title. (1st pic)
3. Find your location in the map.
4. Click the blue teardrop shaped icon in the upper left of the map, now drag it to your location and click again to drop it there. (2nd pic)
5. In the bubble window write your nick in the Title box. You can also write additional info in the Description box and choose a different icon by clicking the blue teardrop icon to get a new window. (To get a custom icon select My icons and provide a link to an image of your choice.) :)

If you are experiencing trouble adding yourself or don't have a Google account, just comment below with your city/state/country and I'll add you myself.
 



Näytä People of #SharpThings suuremmalla kartalla

 

Pocket Dump Time!

I'll show you mine if you show me yours! (twss)

 

WHO R U?..... SHOW ME YOUR FACES!

It's nice to know who you are talking to...for months I thought Travis was Cluster standing on his head. So I thought some faces to put with a name might help a bit for all the Sharpthings Chatters

 

Post your most recent pic so we can see your sorry face!

I got those Summertime Kiridashi Blues

Just wanted to share an interesting Kiridashi from a new maker I just picked up. You are looking at a Custom Kiridashi Made by Nick Chupin. It is made from 01 High Carbon Steel, Powder Coated...6.5" overall, with a 2.5" chisel grind. Nice file work in all the right places Blue G-10 slabs textured very nicely and kydex sheath and lanyard. The maker has a keen sense for ergonomics in a fighting knife....hope to buy more from him....

Chopper sheath

So yesterday my brother brought me a very crude looking knife which he had made out of scrap mystery steel with an angle grinder.
The knife itself is 14" (35cm) long overall and 1/4" (7mm) thick and weighs nearly 1.5 pounds (0,7kg). Not very sharp but apparently it worked effectively on firewood. it was obviously some sort of carbon steel, probably low carbon, so I forced a bit of a patina on it for the heck of it.
Obviously the monstrosity was lacking a sheath so I got to work. He didn't want a belt loop but rather a sheath just to protect the edge so I kept it quite simple. He planned to carry it with a carabiner through the lanyard hole so I made a separate belt loop to dangle it from.

Foliage Green

Taking pics to look at some Foliage Green stuff.

Fake Spyderco Pass-Around!

Please have a look at my earlier posts if you already haven't. Initial impressions Continued...

The reason I bought these two fakes was to see it for my own eyes. Had the Chinese finally figured it out and made a realistic Spyderco fake? For around 15$ each, I was willing to find the answer. I do not encourage you to buy them as well, instead I am offering you a chance to satisfy your curiosity by arranging a pass-around.
I will be shipping both knives (with one of the boxes) to ClusterFlux, he will try to fix the clip on the fake PM2 and will then mail them forward ot the next person. This alone will take roughly 2 weeks.

#ST Fake Spyderco pass-around

Knives: fake Spyderco Paramilitary 2, fake Spyderco Military

Time per person: ~1-2 weeks.

What you're allowed to do: Carry them, use them, sharpen them
What I'd like you NOT to do: No abuse, no lock strength testing, no batoning, no throwing or other stupid shit. cheeky

Who: Any member on ST.net and/or #sharpthings, first come first serve.
How: Post below that you're in and email your shipping address to:
I will forward the address to the person shipping it to you.

Cost: The cost of shipping to the next person in line.

Participants (in order):
ClusterFlux

(to be updated)

Fake Spydercos: Continued...

Those of you who missed my first post on the subject, read it here.
I have been carrying these both and using them a bit for a couple weeks now. I will now go through some aspects of both knives, both the good and the bad things.

Packaging

Both boxes look quite convincing, the PM2 box however had some dust between the layers. Print is correct but there are slight differences in the texture. Both knives were wrapped in tin foil, which I've never seen on a real one. The PM2 paperwork inside was a straight copy of Spyderco's original Edge-U-Cation sheet, paper used is different from the real stuff. The same PM2 sheet came with both the PM2 and Millie.

Paramilitary 2

The overall design is quite spot on and at a first glance everything looks ok. The clip might be the first thing that gets you thinking, edges are a bit rough and the stamping and finish don't look quite right. The lock tab should also have a bit rounded corners. Logos seem correct but Golden models typically have a darker etch to them. Grind on the blade is ok, it's not perfect but we have seen poor grinds on some PM2's.
Upon opening, the action is smooth, but maybe not Spyderco smooth. Lockup however is quite horrible. With just a little bit of force the tang starts to move across the locking surface and gives in. A bit more force would probably disengage it and possibly mangle the locking surfaces even further. This is by far my biggest gripe with either of the knives.
Additionally, the clip was screwed on very poorly, and after I disassembled and reassembled it, I couldn't screw it back in because the holes were off center in the scales and liners. I also noticed that while the clip screw holes for tip-up carry did exist, they didnt have any threads tapped into them, which I think is kinda hilarious. laugh
The inner workings look quite good apart from the weird cuts in the blade and in the lock tab, it is probably the result of a shortcut they made in manufacturing.

Military

This is my favourite of the two. At first glance it looks a bit off, then you realize the beveling on the scales is quite generous compared to the real one. The clip on this one is better, maybe its the coating, but the lip isn't perfectly identical. Pivot screw is also the wrong size. The backspacer on my specimen isn't flush with the scales, but it's not bad. Grind on the Millie is better and a bit more even, markings are also more convincing looking. Action is smooth and lock-up is absolutely solid, awesome. The only problem I had with it was that someone had gone a bit overkill with loctite as I could only barely remove the pivot. I didn't want to risk it so I left the body screws and gave up disassembling it entirely.

Vickers hardness testing that was done on both knives along with a CRKT Swindle (8Cr14MoV). The hardness values of all 3 knives were very close to one another. This would indicate that the steel that's actually used on the fakes is possibly 8Cr13MoV or something very similar to that. My own cutting tests also indicate cutting performance similar to 8Cr13MoV. They didn't dull like something made of 420, nor did they last as long as S30V.
Both knives had nylon washers, while the real ones have phosphor bronze washers. The familiar D-bolts we are used to seeing in Spyderco's were also nowhere to be seen. At least in my experience, real Golden made knives have a date stamp (month/year) underneath the pivot on the blade. It's only visible upon disassembly. Both knives obviously lacked this.
I did also test both knives and the steel.

As a final statement, I will have to admit that the Chinese are getting very good at mimicking Spyderco's and an inexperienced collector/user might be fooled. There is practically no risk of ending up with one if bought from a dealer but keep your eyes open on the forum exchange. wink

G Sakai Fieldman

I purchased a somewhat higher grade Swiss Army knife from what I believe to be the same people who make the Seki City knives.

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